How fares child care after vote on ‘skinny’ COVID-19 relief bill?

Mitch Rucker Sept. 11, 2020 With Congress back in Washington, D.C., we wanted to provide a quick update on where things stand when it comes to child care support and the next round of COVID-19 relief funding. Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted on a slimmed-down pandemic relief package put together by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, called the “skinny” bill. … Read More

As digital sales surge, state revenue ahead of predictions for August

Emily FetschSept. 8, 2020 Two months into the new fiscal year and incoming revenue has once again exceeded projections. Total receipts ($528.1 million) were $40.5 million above the estimate ($487.6 million). Individual income and corporate taxes were above estimates (an additional $31.0 million and $2.3 million, respectively). In addition, individual income and corporate taxes were higher than last August. This … Read More

Delayed tax receipts boost July revenue for Kansas

Emily Fetsch August 5, 2020 At the start of the new fiscal year, revenue coming into Kansas was close to new estimates from the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group. However, the delay of the tax season to July 15 meant the July receipts were much higher than in previous years. Total receipts came just over the mark ($8.7 million more, or … Read More

New column: Kansans must ask leaders to support child care

Kansas Action for Children July 28, 2020 Kansas Action for Children President John Wilson writes in today’s Kansas Reflector: Without a strong child care system, families and businesses can’t make ends meet. During these challenging days, we all have to stand up for little kids. “As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across Kansas and the nation, all eyes are on the … Read More

June revenue for Kansas beats reduced estimates

Emily Fetsch July 2, 2020 In June, the governor released potential budget cuts to address the significant revenue decline for fiscal year 2020 and the anticipated  shortfall for fiscal year 2021. Today, the last State General Fund (SGF) revenue receipt update of the 2020 fiscal year was released. While the estimated total receipts revenue for June was $491 million, the … Read More

How Kansas kids were doing before the coronavirus

Emily Fetsch June 22, 2020 The 2020 national release of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book, from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows Kansas ranks 19th among all states in child well-being. The report includes 16 key indicators, which fall into four categories. However, the data used for the report is from 2018, so the information does not reflect current conditions … Read More

Why Kansas kids need cash assistance now more than ever

Emily Fetsch June 10, 2020 Our current economic crisis could be particularly difficult for children, new research shows. Two reports from the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University show that increased unemployment will lead to larger increases in poverty rates for children and working-age adults. Unfortunately, data also shows that most children living in poverty or near … Read More

May revenue comes in above expectations for Kansas

Emily Fetsch June 8, 2020 The monthly State General Fund Revenue Receipt Update was released June 1. While Kansas tax revenue decreased compared with May of last year, the decrease was less than anticipated. The estimated total receipts revenue for May was $424 million, and the actual revenue brought in was $441.6 million. Compared with last year (May 2019), the … Read More

A statement from Kansas Action for Children

Kansas Action for Children June 3, 2020 Kansas Action for Children joins all of those across Kansas and the nation voicing outrage over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Every single Black family and Black child in our state matters. Too often, legacies of racism built into our society actively harm people of color. Lawmakers … Read More